Preventing Cervical Cancer ( Hpv )

3016 Words Mar 4th, 2015 13 Pages
Can we do anything to prevent cervical cancer? The answer is an unequivocal, yes. We can immunize our children against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). If it were mandated for the HPV vaccine to be given to girls, it would be the first vaccine given to prevent cervical cancer. This would also be the first time that a person could be immunized against a sexually transmitted disease, which is how the Human Papillomavirus is transmitted. The HPV vaccine has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with other professional originations in an effort to prevent the spread of the Human Papillomavirus. Making the Human Papillomavirus vaccine mandatory would save lives, and why would anyone not be on board with that?
Many do not realize that the Human Papillomavirus is responsible for over 90% of the cervical cancers and that it is also the most sexually transmitted infection in the world (Nath & Thappa, 2009). Four main strains of HPV exists, strains sixteen and eighteen are the causative factors for at least 70% of the cervical cancers (Smith, 2008). While strains six and eleven cause about 90% of genital warts (Smith, 2008). Without serious side effects the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine is 100% effective in preventing the two HPV strains that cause the largest percentages of cervical cancer (Cruise & Anderson, 2007). Being immunized against HPV would decrease the financial and psychological costs of medical tests…
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